We are delighted to announce that the highly experienced Lars Michaelsen joins us in the capacity of Head Sports Director from 1 January 2020, as we rebrand to Team NTT.
The Dane, 50, raced professionally for 14 years securing 25 victories with teams including the likes of CSC, TVM, Team Coast and Française des Jeux. Career highlights include victory at Gent-Wevelgem in 1995 as well as a stage victory at the Vuelta a España in 1997. That win on the opening stage saw him wear the leader’s jersey for four stages.
At Paris-Roubaix in 2005 he finished an impressive fifth, as he did in 2002, while he also rode in successful support of teammates Fabian Cancellara and Stuart O’Grady, who won the race in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He also competed in four consecutive Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004), representing Denmark.
He’s equally experienced off the bike too where as a Sports Director he has spent 11 years highly successful years at WorldTour level working for the likes of CSC, Leopard Trek, RadioShack, Saxo Bank, Team Tinkoff and his current outfit the Astana Pro Team.
Lars Michaelsen (Head Sports Director):
Over the years I have keenly followed Douglas Ryder’s team and the various stages of development that it’s undergone as it’s established itself in the WorldTour.
I truly believe this journey is set to continue and so I’m delighted to take this role in that progression, and be a part in the continued development of the team into the future.
Douglas Ryder (Team Principal):
I’m really pleased that Lars is coming on board as we take the next step of our journey as Team NTT in 2020. His breadth of experience both as a rider and also as a sports director, at the highest level, will see him play a crucial role in what we hope to achieve next year, and we look forward to seeing what sort of impact he will have on our group.
His experience with working with some of the top riders in the world will be invaluable and I look forward to him making his own mark, while at the same time building on the strong foundation that we already have in place.